Absolutely! At The Law Offices of Charles Bonfante III & Associates, we are happy to give you a free consultation so that we can meet in person and you can ask the questions you may have pertaining to your case.
Between my injuries and the current economy, I am afraid that I could lose my job if I am out of work too long. How can I afford to pay a lawyer?
The Law Office of Charles Bonfante III & Associates only gets paid after we obtain a cash award for you. Our fee is based on the results we obtain for you. You will never receive a bill for legal fees during the life of your case from us, nor will you ever take money out of your pocket to pay for any of the costs associated with your case.
Nothing at first. At The Law Office of Charles Bonfante III & Associates, we work on a contingency fee arrangement. That means we retain (or keep) one-third (1/3) of the amount that we recover for you, whether by settlement, arbitration or verdict after a jury trial.
You needn’t concern yourself with such matters. At The Law Office of Charles Bonfante III & Associates, we pay all the costs and expenses associated with the proper handling of your case. All you need to do is concentrate on recuperating and getting on with your life.
I got hurt over two years ago but didn’t take any action, is it too late to recover compensation for my pain and suffering?
Not necessarily. Every type of case has a statute of limitations (a sort of “expiration date”) that determines how long an injured party has to sue for their injuries. When you contact The Law Office of Charles Bonfante III & Associates, we will let you know quickly and at no cost, if there is still time to go after those responsible for your injuries.
What should I do if I have been seriously injured because of someone else, but I’m too busy or in too much pain to meet with an attorney to see if I even have a case?
At The Law Offices of Charles Bonfante III & Associates, we know that life can be hectic and the demands of your job and family can make it impractical for you to come into the office. That is why oftentimes it is best for us to speak briefly on the phone (again, at no cost or obligation to you) so we can determine whether you have a case worth pursuing. Then we can figure out a convenient time to meet. In most cases, we can accommodate you with an evening appointment.
I have just been injured in an accident and I am in excruciating pain. The last thing I can think of in my condition is going to some law office. However, I’m afraid if I don’t speak to a lawyer soon, I might do something that could hurt my case. What should I do?
Contact us immediately! If you are laid up recuperating, I can come to see you in your home or hospital room.
Whenever possible, we will go after those responsible for your injuries to recover compensation for the lost wages suffered due to your inability to work — in addition to the money due to you for your pain and suffering.
A friend of mine recently went for a consultation with a personal injury law firm and was passed off to a young inexperienced intern who couldn’t answer most of the important questions my friend had. How is your firm different?
As the owner of the firm, you have my absolute, unconditional promise, that when we schedule your free consultation, you will meet with me and only me. PERIOD. I will be the lawyer you meet with and I will be the lawyer who spends time with you answering all of your questions.
Not necessarily. Oftentimes, with the right lawyer handling your case, significant monetary compensation can be obtained without the need for any court appearance. However, in the event that you are required to appear in court, I will always be at your side, putting you at ease and fighting tirelessly for your rights.
Someone I work with told me you don’t actually sue the person who caused the accident, you sue their insurance company. Is that true?
No. As stated above, many cases are resolved without suing anyone at all. However, in the event that a lawsuit becomes necessary, it is the responsible party (or parties) who must be sued. Then, assuming they had insurance when the accident happened, their insurance company would be required to actually pay any amount (up to the coverage limits in effect at the time of the accident) that my office obtains on your behalf.
Absolutely. In New York, courts employ what is referred to as comparative negligence, which means that the other person(s) would still be responsible for your injuries in proportion to the amount of fault that they are found to have had in causing your injuries. For example: if you were one-third (1/3) responsible and your injuries were worth $75,000, The Law Offices of Charles Bonfante III & Associates would seek to recover $50,000 ($75K reduced by the 1/3 you were at fault — or $25K).
My accident just happened last week. Can’t I just wait until I feel better to worry about finding a lawyer?
No. In certain cases there are steps that must be taken right away, or your case will be harmed. Because of strict shorter time limits imposed by law (such as where a city, town, village or school district is at fault) there are steps that must be taken immediately on your behalf. Contact us right away, and we will ensure that your rights are protected.
I was in a car accident and the guy that hit me had no insurance. Am I wasting my time to pursue a case?
Not at all. Under New York law, we all have what is known as uninsured motorist (“UM”) coverage as part of our auto insurance coverage. If it is determined that those responsible had no insurance at the time they caused your injuries, monetary compensation can still be obtained for your pain, suffering, out-of-pocket expenses, and if applicable, your lost wages.